50 Years Of The Boroughs: Take Pleasure In Your Leisure

By Londonist Staff Last edited 29 months ago
50 Years Of The Boroughs: Take Pleasure In Your Leisure

As part of the ongoing activities marking the London Boroughs’ 50th anniversary, London Councils has gathered together a unique library of archive images from 1965 to 2015.

These pictures of active and artistic Londoners using local facilities for recreation show the breadth of services the boroughs have provided for the community. Most of these services are not provided under statutory requirements but because councils see their value in supporting wellbeing, learning, community cohesion and economic development.

London Council's website delves deeper into the changing political and financial conditions that have seen Councils change from providers and managers of services and facilties to commissioners and contract supervisors over the last 50 years and there are more photos to browse too.

Wandsworth King George's Park swimming pool, 1966 (Wandsworth Heritage Service)
Wandsworth King George's Park swimming pool, 1966 (Wandsworth Heritage Service)
LB Tower Hamlets, St George's Baths, The Highway, 1969 (© London Borough of Tower Hamlets)
LB Tower Hamlets, St George's Baths, The Highway, 1969 (© London Borough of Tower Hamlets)
LB Bexley, mobile stack at Hall Place, c.1974 (LB Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre)
LB Bexley, mobile stack at Hall Place, c.1974 (LB Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre)
LB Tower Hamlets, music and gramophone record library at Mayfield House, 1973 (© London Borough of Tower Hamlets)
LB Tower Hamlets, music and gramophone record library at Mayfield House, 1973 (© London Borough of Tower Hamlets)
LB Hillingdon, Uxbridge Library, 1976 (Hillingdon Local Studies, Archives and Museum Service)
LB Hillingdon, Uxbridge Library, 1976 (Hillingdon Local Studies, Archives and Museum Service)
LB Tower Hamlets, council mobile library on the Locton Estate, Old Ford, 1971 (© London Borough of Tower Hamlets)
LB Tower Hamlets, council mobile library on the Locton Estate, Old Ford, 1971 (© London Borough of Tower Hamlets)
LB Sutton, mobile library, c.2012 (Sutton Council)
LB Sutton, mobile library, c.2012 (Sutton Council)
LB Bromley, art club exhibition, West Wickham Library, 1966 (Courtesy of Bromley Times/Kentish Times)
LB Bromley, art club exhibition, West Wickham Library, 1966 (Courtesy of Bromley Times/Kentish Times)
LB Islington, open air art show on Islington Green, 1973 (Islington Local History Centre. Photograph by Jim Connell)
LB Islington, open air art show on Islington Green, 1973 (Islington Local History Centre. Photograph by Jim Connell)
LB Bromley, Building the Future exhibition, 1989 (Bromley Local Studies and Archives)
LB Bromley, Building the Future exhibition, 1989 (Bromley Local Studies and Archives)
LB Waltham Forest, lawn bowling at Cathall Leisure Centre in Leytonstone, 1990 (Vestry House Museum, London Borough of Waltham Forest )
LB Waltham Forest, lawn bowling at Cathall Leisure Centre in Leytonstone, 1990 (Vestry House Museum, London Borough of Waltham Forest )
LB Bexley, Kayaking in Danson Park, 2003 (LB Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre)
LB Bexley, Kayaking in Danson Park, 2003 (LB Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre)
LB Sutton, skate park in St Helier, c.2012 (Sutton Council)
LB Sutton, skate park in St Helier, c.2012 (Sutton Council)
LB Sutton, Cheam allotment, c.2012 (Sutton Council)
LB Sutton, Cheam allotment, c.2012 (Sutton Council)
LB Enfield, Forty Hall, 2012 (Enfield Council)
LB Enfield, Forty Hall, 2012 (Enfield Council)
LB Tower Hamlets, The Drifters perform at the Poplar Civic Theatre, 1987 (© London Borough of Tower Hamlets)
LB Tower Hamlets, The Drifters perform at the Poplar Civic Theatre, 1987 (© London Borough of Tower Hamlets)
LB Islington, Pets' Day Dog Show at Highbury Fields, 1976 (Islington Local History Centre)
LB Islington, Pets' Day Dog Show at Highbury Fields, 1976 (Islington Local History Centre)
LB Enfield, town show, 2014 (Enfield Council)
LB Enfield, town show, 2014 (Enfield Council)

With thanks to the London Boroughs of  Tower Hamlets, Bexley, Hillingdon, Sutton, Bromley, Waltham Forest, Enfield, Islington and Wandsworth.

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Last Updated 16 September 2015